The return of Aston Martin Racing in GT (with Stefan Mücke, Adrian Fernandez and Darren Turner) shows promise for the English manufacturer in this class. The #97 held the top spot in the GT class during the a round of pitstops with about 90 minutes transpired in the 12 hour endurance race.
John Gaw (Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, Aston Martin Vantage GTE #97, LM GTE Pro): “To come here [Sebring] with a new car and record a lap that was 1.5 seconds quicker than last year’s pole time is very encouraging. We know from testing that the Vantage GTE has terrific reliability, and we now know that it also has the potential to be very quick, too. There is lots of pace still to be found in the car because it’s very early on in the development cycle and the team is looking forward to demonstrating its potential over the course of the season.”
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Update – 5:45 p.m. ET: Huge letdown for the No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage V8 of Darren Turner whose left rear wheel departed the car. Yellow flag for the stranded Aston which was running fourth on the same lap as leaders in GT-Pro.
… notes from The EDJE